Join us at Williamsburg for a discussion of Bruce Springsteen, with some renditions of his songs by Joe Rapolla.
Bruce Springsteen might be the quintessential American rock musician but his songs have resonated with fans from all walks of life and from all over the world. This unique collection features reflections from a diverse array of writers who explain what Springsteen means to them and describe how they have been moved, shaped, and challenged by his music.
Contributors to Long Walk Home include novelists like Richard Russo, rock critics like Greil Marcus and Gillian Gaar, and other noted Springsteen scholars and fans such as A. O. Scott, Peter Ames Carlin, and Paul Muldoon. They reveal how Springsteen’s albums served as the soundtrack to their lives while also exploring the meaning of his music and the lessons it offers its listeners. The stories in this collection range from the tale of how “Growin’ Up” helped a lonely Indian girl adjust to life in the American South to the saga of a group of young Australians who turned to Born to Run to cope with their country’s 1975 constitutional crisis. These essays examine the big questions at the heart of Springsteen’s music, demonstrating the ways his songs have resonated for millions of listeners for nearly five decades.
Commemorating the Boss’s seventieth birthday, Long Walk Home explores Springsteen’s legacy and provides a stirring set of testimonials that illustrate why his music matters.
June Skinner Sawyers has published extensively on Bruce Springsteen, including Racing in the Street: The Bruce Springsteen Reader (2004) and Workingman: The Faith-Based Politics ofBruce Springsteen (2014). Born in Glasgow, she currently teaches humanities courses at the Newberry Library in Chicago.
Ken Womack is a world-renowned authority on the Beatles and their enduring cultural influence. His latest book project involves a two-volume, full-length biography devoted to famed Beatles producer Sir George Martin. Published in 2017, the first book in the series is Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin (The Early Years: 1926-1966). The second volume, published in 2018, is Sound Pictures: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin (The Later Years: 1966-2016). Womack is also the author of three award-winning novels, including John Doe No. 2 and the Dreamland Motel (2010), The Restaurant at the End of the World (2012), and Playing the Angel (2013). He is Dean of the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Monmouth University, where he also serves as Professor of English.
Joe Rapolla is the Chair of the Music and Theatre Department and Director of the Music Industry Program (MBA ‘90, Monmouth). A recognized music industry innovator, he built and led Integrated Marketing departments at Universal and Warner Music Group. He also helped build a Direct-To-Consumer Marketing Agency and a Social Research Agency, and ran marketing for the video game division of Def Jam Enterprises. Professor Rapolla has directed programs for top talent, such as Madonna, Bon Jovi, U2, Green Day, Bruce Springsteen and Sting, and has partnered with the world’s leading entertainment, media, and consumer brands and agencies. He has earned multiple Gold Records for his work at the music companies. He is also a performing songwriter and producer. He has released three studio CD’s and film soundtrack, collaborates with top writers and artists in NYC and Nashville, and continues to perform locally and abroad.